Monreal: English speaking new boys already at home


Nacho Monreal has confirmed that Lucas Perez has a decent grasp of the English language meaning he won’t have to overcome the standard obstacle to settling in a new country.

The new recruit’s nomadic career has seen him take in stints in the Ukraine and Greece, both destinations where he’s understood to have used English to communicate.

Reflecting on his first few days training with Lucas, Monreal revealed that he’s been very impressed with what he’s seen on the training ground.

“Lucas Perez is a great striker,” he told Arsenal Player. “I know him very well because I follow La Liga quite a lot. I enjoyed watching him play last season. He had a fantastic campaign, scoring 17 league goals, despite not playing for one of the strongest teams.

“He can contribute with many things for Arsenal because he is different to the rest of the players in the squad. He is quick, left-footed and he finds spaces really easily. He is going to help us a lot.

“After having a few training sessions with him, I can say that I am very surprised with him. He is a very good player and he will fit into the group nicely. The language barrier is the first challenge a foreign player must face.

“Fortunately for Lucas, he speaks a decent English and understands everything. The language barrier won’t be an issue for him.”

Monreal also believes Shkodran Mustafi will have no problem adapting to the Premier League and life in England. The Germany international spent three years on the books at Everton when he was younger and speaks Italian, Spanish and English in addition to his mother tongue.

“He [Mustafi] will find it easy to adapt to the club,” Monreal added. “He has already lived abroad, he speaks the language and he knows Mesut Ozil.

“All those elements will lessen the impact of changing environments. Luckily for him, he will feel at home from the very first day.

“Mustafi is a player I like. He is experienced and really tough to beat, which makes him very suitable for the Premier League’s style.

“We really needed to bring a centre back to the club considering Per Mertesacker and Gabriel’s injuries, as well as Calum Chambers’ departure on loan.

“I hope he feels happy here from the very beginning so he can do for us what he does best.”

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